Preview: Day 04 Valletta vs Birkirkara Published on: 13-10-2010
Day 04 Valletta vs BirkirkaraAfter three weeks of suspense, Valletta are due to face the current Malta champions for the fourth time since they managed to win the Premier League earlier in May. Valletta and Birkirkara, have since then met in the last match of the League, in the Euro Challenge Cup and only a few weeks ago in the final of the Super cup.... matches which have seen the Lillywhites get the upper hand on all three occasions.
"Our next encounter on Friday evening will be a very important match for both sides. Birkirkara will definitely be going out to seek a sweet sporty revenge in return for the defeat that saw them lose the Super Cup final with a goal scored in the dying seconds of the extra time by Joseph Okonkwo. A win would place the Stripes sole leaders of the table for the first time this season.
On the other hand, a win would place Valletta four clear points ahead of B'kara, who without any doubt, will be amongst the topmost contenders (together with two or three other teams ... in my humble opinion) for the Championship this year. Given the circumstances and the restricted conditions in which they were forced to play in their first three outings, the B'Kara players have shown tremendous character, managing the situation to the best of their possibilities and capabilities. Having a bunch of missing players in their first three matches, they have now all their players at their disposal at a point in time when they are only trailing the leaders by one point. B'kara have signed a professional Scottish Goalkeeper (ex Motherwell and Inverness) by the name of Michael Fraser last week, who is expected to be amongst the starting eleven on Friday" Jesmond Zammit said to the club's official website
Roderick Briffa will be back for the Citizens (full recovered from a thigh injury) after his very good display at International level earlier last week. Edmund Agius has continued to regain his fitness and is now back to his normal aggressive levels. Club captain Gilbert Agius and International defender Kenneth Scicluna are still on their way from recovery and will probably not be available for this match.
"Needless to say, Friday's match will display a very tight encounter between these two elite teams who would only be happy if they manage to grab the three points. The marvellous spirit, the total dedication and the sheer determination that our players have shown during these last weeks gives me total confidence that we can make it FOUR IN A ROW.
This confidence is multiplied to paramount dimensions each and every time we look behind and see the massive up roaring crowd cheering us for the whole 90 minutes even through particular difficult moments as was the case against Hibernians and Qormi" Zammit remarked
"This is what we want to see because that increases our persistence in trying to win at all costs, giving our utmost with a never say die resolution until the very last whistle of the game. This is what makes us so special and unique in Maltese football and I know now perfectly well that this makes you all so proud of our most beloved club and team" team manager Jesmond Zammit
Many thanks to all our supporters, for whom we shall continue to strive and give our very best. May we eventually emerge as winners but more so may both supporters enjoy themselves terribly on Friday, respecting one another in all that they do, say and sing. Forza Valletta City.